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Validation of diagnostic tests to support plant health

Validation of diagnostic tests to support plant health

Objective

Regulated or non-regulated pests (bacteria, virus, fungi, nematodes, arthropods or weeds) are responsible of major crops’ losses. Accurate and reliable detection and identification of pests are essential to avoid or reduce economical costs and trade disruptions and to support surveillance activities. In recent years, numerous tests based on new technologies have been developed to meet the different needs. However, most of them are validated on an intra-laboratory basis, through limited test performance studies (TPS) or ring trials, and there is a need to further harmonize practices. The project aims at producing validation data and will include two rounds of TPS. The first one will include combinations of pest/test/matrix, prioritized based on the expertise of the project's consortium. The second round will include other combinations based on the needs expressed by various stakeholders. Priorities for validation will then be better aligned to their needs and to the market. To maximize the impact of the project, calls of interest will be organized to include in the validation programme, kits of suppliers outside the consortium and allow participation to the TPS of voluntary proficient laboratories. Current harmonized procedures in Plant Health for validation and organization of TPS will be improved by including appropriate statistical approaches and by adapting the process for new promising technologies, such as Next Generation Sequencing. Liaison with regional and international standardization bodies will allow large dissemination of validation data obtained in this project especially by their inclusion in harmonized diagnostic protocols. The outcomes of the project will stimulate, optimize and strengthen the interactions between stakeholders in Plant Health for better diagnostics and lay the foundations for structuring the quality and the commercial offers for plant health diagnostics tools thanks to a dedicated association and a quality charter.

Coordinator

AGENCE NATIONALE DE LA SECURITE SANITAIRE DE L ALIMENTATION DE L ENVIRONNEMENT ET DU TRAVAIL

Address

14 Rue Pierre Et Marie Curie
94700 Maisons Alfort

France

Activity type

Higher or Secondary Education Establishments

EU Contribution

€ 568 256,25

Participants (15)

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UNIVERSITA DEGLI STUDI DI TORINO

Italy

EU Contribution

€ 112 505

EIDGENOESSISCHES DEPARTEMENT FUER WIRTSCHAFT, BILDUNG UND FORSCHUNG

Switzerland

EU Contribution

€ 140 312,50

BIOREBA AG

Switzerland

EU Contribution

€ 68 337,50

LOEWE BIOCHEMICA GMBH

Germany

EU Contribution

€ 57 176

EUROPEAN AND MEDITERRANEAN PLANT PROTECTION ORGANISATION

France

EU Contribution

€ 205 212,50

FERA SCIENCE LIMITED

United Kingdom

EU Contribution

€ 161 378

NACIONALNI INSTITUT ZA BIOLOGIJO

Slovenia

EU Contribution

€ 374 212,50

UNIVERSITE DE LIEGE

Belgium

EU Contribution

€ 287 626,50

NEDERLANDSE VOEDSEL EN WARENAUTORITEIT

Netherlands

EU Contribution

€ 259 792,50

CLEARDETECTIONS B.V.

Netherlands

EU Contribution

€ 52 516,63

STICHTING WAGENINGEN RESEARCH

Netherlands

EU Contribution

€ 251 340

INTERNATIONAL PLANT ANALYSIS AND DIAGNOSITICS SRL

Italy

EU Contribution

€ 96 206,25

SEDIAG

France

EU Contribution

€ 39 514,13

CONSIGLIO PER LA RICERCA IN AGRICOLTURA E L'ANALISI DELL'ECONOMIA AGRARIA

Italy

EU Contribution

€ 185 300

GLOWNY INSPEKTORAT OCHRONY ROSLIN I NASIENNICTWA

Poland

EU Contribution

€ 138 181,25

Project information

Grant agreement ID: 773139

Status

Ongoing project

  • Start date

    1 May 2018

  • End date

    30 April 2021

Funded under:

H2020-EU.3.2.1.1.

  • Overall budget:

    € 3 201 494

  • EU contribution

    € 2 997 867,51

Coordinated by:

AGENCE NATIONALE DE LA SECURITE SANITAIRE DE L ALIMENTATION DE L ENVIRONNEMENT ET DU TRAVAIL

France